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Firefighters responded to calls of smoke and flames at an apartment building Monday morning at 9021 35th Ave. SW. People were already out of the building by the time fire crews arrived on the scene, officials said.
The fire was quickly knocked out. Firefighters went door to door to make sure everyone was out of the building, and people had to wait inside a nearby library before being let back in. Fire crews spent more than an hour airing out the building of smoke and to get the CO2 levels down.
One resident says the fire started right below her apartment.
“The fire alarm went off so we checked to see if it was the intercom,” the resident said. “We thought someone was at the door and then we checked out the window and there was fire going out the window, so we opened the door to get and there was just a cloud of smoke in the hallway and then when you went down the stairs. It was, just, like intense.”
The fire is under investigation. No word yet on the cost of the damage.
Fire crews were called out to 9021 35th Avenue SW in Seattle at 2:15 Monday morning. On arrival, crews say they saw flames coming from the first floor.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the unit and nearby hallway. They say there is heavy smoke in the building also. 32 people who live in the building were evacuated while firefighters put out the blaze. King County Metro sent some buses to the scene to shelter the displaced residents. A nearby Seattle Public Library was also opened so residents could keep out of the elements. They will be able to get back into their homes later this morning.
The Red Cross is responding to help the woman who lived in the unit badly damaged. Fire investigators will be at the scene throughout the morning to find a cause and the origin of the fire. No word on the damage costs. No one was injured.